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With Individual Mandate Dead, Employer Mandate May Be Next On the Chopping Block

by Countable | 1.16.18

What’s the story?

Republican lawmakers accomplished a long term goal of repealing the individual mandate to carry health insurance via the tax reform bill in 2017. In 2018 they are turning their sites on the employer mandate, which supporters claim is integral to keeping premium costs and government subsidy costs down.

Critics claim the employer mandate is "a job-killer, a wage-killer, and a business-killer" that is obsolete now that the individual mandate is gone.

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with more than 50 employees must offer health insurance, and report information to the IRS about what, if any, insurance they offer and what the value of it is. Eligible employers who do not offer insurance with "minimal essential coverage" may be subject to penalties.

The New York Times estimates that thousands of businesses have been levied fines in recent months because they did not have plans in place to satisfy the mandate in 2015, when it went into effect. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that employers will have to pay up to $12 billion in penalties this year, and as much as $20 billion over the next decade.

One piece of legislation, HR 4616, co-sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), seeks to suspend the employer mandate and cancel any prior assessed penalties.

Another piece of legislation, HR 4695, co-sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), covers a wide variety of issues, including the employer mandate. It seeks to revise the mandate to only cover businesses with at least 500 full-time employees, and to define "full-time" as 40 hours a week, as opposed to the 30 under current law.

What do you think?

Should the employer mandate be left in place, revised or repealed?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

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  • sepena
    01/16/2018
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    this is shameful. the best and easiest way for people to get healthcare coverage is through their employers. this gop controlled congress wants to have unhealthy individual constituents and rich healthcare industry constituents. ugh.

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  • Laura
    01/17/2018
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    The employer mandate should be kept in place! You have given corporations the biggest tax break in over thirty years, they can use their windfall to provide health Insurance for their employees. Do you want to see more people dropped off in hospital gowns in freezing weather at bus stops. Come on representatives, protect the people!

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  • Pego
    01/17/2018
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    STOP ATTACKING THE ACA!!!!!! We, the people, have let you know this is against our will. We WILL deal with you for fleeing the City Halls and sucking up to special interests at our expense. We are enraged!

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  • benalfordflume
    01/17/2018
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    As long as people's health is a for-profit industry, we will never have a good healthcare system in this country.

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  • Rebecca
    01/17/2018
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    If it is determined that employers don’t need to provide benefits for their hard working, profit making employees; well, as an employer of my government representation, I see it fit that we do away with all medical, pension, and other benefits that I am forced to pay for. No employer benefits. No government benefits. These “representatives” aren’t doing any representing!

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  • Nancy
    01/17/2018
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    Walk a mile in the shoes of a small business, then see how difficult it is to comply with every new administrations whims. It is not an easy task. Every time we think we have done as asked they move the line again and again. There is no way to try and second guess how their decisions are going to fall. At times by the time we begin to reach the new goal they have already changed it to a new goal. This is time and money to a small business and in difficult times that is asking a lot. It would be a wonderful thing to see the Rep. and Senators of each state to actually listen to the small business owner. Hard to run a business when you have to play catch up to their games.

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  • Kathy
    01/18/2018
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    Social and ethnic cleansing in progress by Putin/republican congressmen and senators. You don’t think so?What is Paul Ryan’s dream, to get rid of the safety net. In every Republican controlled state there are efforts to LOWER minimum wages and removed healthcare and elements of the safety net ,and if they cannot do this then these Putin /Republicans punish the poor people in any way they can. Yes Jeff flake and John McCain are speaking out now about trump’s attempt at dictatorship. BUT HOW ARE THE REPUBLICANS VOTING!!! Look what Putin/Congressmen are doing !!!! They are dismantling and stealing our parks and public lands by bill after bill! .But more then words is needed! Remember both of these men voted for the tax scam that reverts taxes for corporation back to the amount taken in 1929. Money taken from our grandchildren all the while the senate approves trump’s obscene heads of agencies whose only job is dismantling the government seemingly preparing it for a complete corporate oligarchy takeover. All republicans who had investigated the Clintons for years and years and million of our dollars have REFUSED to hold trump accountable. They are actively obstructing the Trump Russia investigation and have Refused to do anything about Russia’s meddling in the 2018 election . Exactly how much Russian money went into the GOP? We will find out because the truth does eventually come out.

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  • Marc
    01/17/2018
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    Repeal the Employer Mandate as well! It is fraud. There is no such thing as the “Employer Portion” of the paid premiums because it is compensation to employees for work performed. If you really care about getting people on health insurance, then get employers out of the way and do Single Payer as the Dems should have done in the first place. It’s a burden on employers they never should have been involved with.

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  • Derek
    01/18/2018
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    Save our health insurance! It’s expensive enough to stay healthy, don’t put an even further burden on the poor when we’re working hard to save and grow!!!

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  • Duane
    01/17/2018
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    Please leave the employer mandate intact. Do we not care about our citizens anymore?

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  • DanielOdum
    01/26/2018
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    I think the "Employer Mandate" should, at the very least, be revised, if not repealed.

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  • What.About.Ethics
    01/16/2018
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    This is just another example that Republicans do not care about the people they represent. Their allegiance is firmly with Big Business and the 1%, but their brainwashing is working on enough Americans who keep on voting for them. We are the only industrialized country without universal healthcare, but they are not satisfied the unaffordable healthcare we have in favor of people having none, so they can line there pockets even more.

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  • Penny
    01/17/2018
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    The employer mandate needs to remain in place! It’s a good thing and would leave millions without insurance! This is all about greed. Do not repeal!!!!!

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  • BoldlyGo
    01/17/2018
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    The time is way overdue for us to have Medicare for all. This will dramatically reduce the costs of employment and labor in this country to all businesses and help create jobs💵

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  • Andrew
    06/15/2018
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    NAY!!!!!! MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST ALL DIE NOW, TO SAVE THE TRUMP ADMIN. ALL THIS TROUBLE!!!!!!

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